His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Shaheed
UN Special Human Rights Rapporteur on Iran
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
19th October 2011
We are writing to you today to express our gratitude for your first report on Iran, which has highlighted the abysmal situation of human rights violations. Notwithstanding we are astonished and confounded that it did not contain any reference to the case of Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, who has been incarcerated since October 2006 in Evin and Yazd prisons—without one day of sick leave as has been customary with other prisoners and despite recommendations from the prison’s medical office. Indeed at one point he spent 400 days in solitary confinement.
For over 20 years Mr Boroujerdi has advocated strict adherence to the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as calling for Iran to abide by all its international obligations. He was arrested following clashes between his followers who were acting as human shield and the Iranian police, security forces and Basij militia. He was tried in the Special Court of Clergy without access to legal representation. His house and all of his belongings were confiscated. To force him into signing a statement renouncing his beliefs, he has been subjected to the most inhumane forms of physical and psychological torture. His closest family members and many of his supporters have been periodically arrested and tortured.
Your Excellency, we refer you to the multitude of documents and reports that have been issued and disseminated by human rights groups and organizations. His family has also presented your office with further information and documentation. To date not one responsible state official has issued any written report or statement explaining the legal case against Mr Boroujerdi.
We have attached for your review and perusal the most recent documents concerning his plight. Indeed we appeal to you publish an addendum to your report or urgently issue a separate statement in respect of his critical health condition and human rights violations against him, his family and followers.
We are ready to cooperate with you to answer any questions or provide further information. We would be most grateful if you could please advise us what steps you propose to take to rectify this lapse in your otherwise excellent report.
On behalf of Ayatollah Kazemeini Boroujerdi's Followers
A message from Ayatollah Kazemeini-Boroujerdi to the 66th annual UN general assembly, http://www.bamazadi.org/2011/09/message-from-ayatollah-kazemeini.html
Iranian cleric jailed for dissident views 'has deteriorating health problems', Kazemeyni Boroujerdi is suffering from worsening Parkinson's, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Amnesty, Saeed Kamali Dehghan, guardian.co.uk, Monday 10 October 2011 18.18 BST, http://www.bamazadi.org/2011/10/iranian-cleric-jailed-for-dissident.html
Boroujerdi Suffers Heart Attack and Pulmonary Edema, http://www.bamazadi.org/2011/10/boroujerdi-suffers-heart-attack-and.html
Rebel Ayatollahs, Upstream Journal Summer 2011 Vol. 24 No. 1, by: Michelle Booth: Iran, which purports to represent ‘political Islam’, has become the role model for injustice and violence, http://www.bamazadi.org/2011/10/rebel-ayatollahs.html
Time to Get Real in Iran and Syria, October 2, 2011 - 6:35 pm - by Michael Ledeen
If Obama seriously wished to defend innocent civilians against murderous regimes, he would rally to the side of one of the world’s truly heroic figures, the Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, imprisoned for more than six years and subjected to severe torture. Amazingly, he has continued his campaign from within Tehran’s grim Evin Prison. No charges have ever been brought against him, although it is obvious that he has been singled out for advocating separation of mosque and state, toleration of minority religions, and respect for the civil rights of the Iranian people. In recent days he has suffered a heart attack, but has been denied medical attention. If he dies, perhaps the winged troika of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power, and their many admirers, will mourn the death of this fine man, whom they have judgedunworthy of American support.
An Appeal to International Human Rights Lawyers By Mr.Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, http://www.bamazadi.org/2011/08/appeal-to-international-human-rights.html
Amnesty International: Iran: Appeal for action re: Iranian prisoners in need of medical care: Health professional action,